Rum Running part - 1
Rum Running Short Stories
Here is a group of thirty-eight short stories dealing with rum running and other items
related to that era. Most are humorous, and pertain to the area of Yarmouth and the
I spent much time talking to the old timers as they had stories to tell. Some did not
want to be identified. For instance one rum runner was caught in New York around
the 1930's, jailed and let out to return home. He never went back to the US for trial.
In the early 1950's he went with two friends on a trip. The US customs told him if
he stepped onto US soil he would be arrested as a warrant was still in effect.
All the stories are true and most of the rum runners have passed. These people were
full of humor as many stories tell. While taking walks I would meet a character who
would tell me a story and I would write it down.
During the time of the depression rum running was a quick, easy way of making
good money. My parents, who lived then, were very poor. I feel obligated to write
these stories before they are lost forever.
It was said that once there was a great need for food out West, so the good people
of Yarmouth sent them dried fish. Not knowing what fish was, they took it and used
it to shingle the sides of their barns.
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